'Sri Lanka is at a crucial stage' - PM

[TamilNet, Sunday, 05 January 2003, 17:50 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe Sunday in his evening address to people of Sri Lanka said, "arguments over security matters should not be allowed to derail the momentum of the peace negotiation. The country has entered a stage that would decide the future of Sri Lanka."

Excerpts from Prime Minister Mr.Ranil Wickremasinghe's speech follow:

"The government has made steady progress in its bid to achieve peace in the country. The government has achieved successful results last year that far exceeded its achievement militarily during the last two decades of war. The ceasefire agreement signed between the United National Front government and the LTTE has laid a firm foundation in this regard.

"LTTE has now agreed to abandon its armed struggle and pursue a federal state of governance as a solution the northeast conflict. Military de-escalation of the northeast and the resettlement of civilians are also part of the political solution. Both sides should overcome the shortcomings with regard to the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.

"No move should be made to abandon the peace talks and there is long way ahead in the path towards peace. President Ms Chandrika Kumaratunge has played a key role in promoting a political solution as the means to end the conflict.

"It is a positive signal the Peoples Alliance (PA) has extended its support to the UNF government in this regard. The Sri Lanka government is committed to safeguarding the religion and cultural identities of the Sinhala and Muslim communities.

"Although we have been forced to take several unpopular decisions, the economy is recovering and we have been able to achieve a three percent economy growth."

 

Latest 15 Reports
15.09.20 06:37   Photo
UN Rights Chief joins her predecessors in watering down collective rights of genocide affected people
04.09.20 22:13   Photo
Diaspora youth group re-aligns Tamil narrative on enforced disappearances
03.09.20 15:41   Photo
Jude Lal Fernando’s Sputnik interview exposes unfolding British duplicity on KMS ‘investigations’
02.09.20 22:03   Photo
Gotabaya's ‘Task Force’ monk threatens Tamils to stay away from their paddy fields in Thiriyaay
01.09.20 23:36  
Colombo extends genocidal land grab targeting farmlands of Tamils along NE border: Ravikaran
31.08.20 16:36   Photo
Families of war-disappeared send strong message braving SL restrictions on International Day
08.08.20 01:05   Photo
Sumanthiran alleged of exerting Colombo’s influence to tamper with preferential vote counts
07.08.20 10:08  
2020 election resembles 1970 polls that formed genocidal Sri Lanka
06.08.20 17:22  
Tamil nation-oriented parties challenged in East
05.08.20 23:41  
High voter turnout registered in North-East
04.08.20 20:57   Photo
Occupying Sinhala military reminds Eezham Tamils of whose elections they partake
03.08.20 21:05  
TMVP-linked operatives collaborate with SL Navy, suppress Tamil fishers in Vaakarai
02.08.20 18:29   Photo
Manifestos of TNA, TNPF and TMTK expose lacuna, hint areas for corrections of Tamil polity
01.08.20 21:17  
Unified Eezham Tamil national front, beyond electoral politics, is next step: Jothilingam
31.07.20 22:39  
Colombo isolates Tamil political prisoners within heavily fortified cells
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=8100